After a night off (though Jer & Bob were on Letterman), the band comes back and makes up for two bleak shows by getting back a taste of what they had at the Warlocks shows in Hampton. The First Set is an improvement but Jer comes back for the Second Set and flubs every single song save Scarlet.
First Set. Touch of Grey
is average-to-flubby and skips the second bridge. Who knows why the hell they gave this one to the Music Never Stopped
OST. Even though the levels are messed up at first on Minglewood
, and Jer is missing, it was used for Weir Here
(or maybe that 's WHY it was used?) - though bizarrely edited. The second measure of the first Jer solo is cut, then Brent's solo is completely cut along with the first few bars of Bobby's solo, and Jer's second solo is brought way down in the mix to emphasize Bobby's slide practice™. Friend of the Devil
has some great Jer - the best of the run so far. He really runs with Mexicali
, playing off of Brent. After three nights, they suddenly come alive for Help on the Way
. Out of blueness comes one of the best Slipknot!
s of '89 (the track boundary happens in the middle of Slipknot!). This was only the second Help>Slip>Franks in four years (there was one in Hampton the week before), and the last one in a First Set was 10-11-77. Leave 'em happy for intermission!
Second Set. The momentum lost, seems like they barely get through Foolish Heart
, though Dewiminna
regains some of the vibe of the 1st set, and then Scarlet
is perhaps the best of Fall '89 (and sans a Fire). There's an interesting let's-see-what-happens wander between Truckin'
and when the drummers take over, that turns into a pre-Space; so it's really Space>Drums>Space
. Clearly it's Jer that's the weak link on China Doll
. Bobby revives his skating rink lyric from the 70s on One More Saturday Night
as a NJ Devils call-out. Skip the encore.
Overall = 2 Stars
Help on the Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower - one of the best sequences of the run, if not fall '89
11th 1½ stars [D+, D]
12th 1¼ stars [D-, D+]
15th 3 stars [C+, B-]
16th 3½ stars [B+, C]
SOURCES: Three SBDs sound about the same but the miller.25319
is AUD-patched with a couple missing bits. The hansokolow matrix has the ambience. Most of Minglewood is on Weir Here
. Touch of Grey is on the Music Never Stopped Soundtrack
Adam Katz was a fallen brother on this date. The reason it sent shockwaves through the scene was because the cops/security were the criminals and, to this day, got away with murder. Times change/times remain the same.